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First Reactions to “Thor: Love and Thunder”

With the next Marvel movie “Thor: Love and Thunder” set to release on July 8th in theaters nationwide, movie critics have gotten a first watch of this film, which is already set to explode at the box office, at its Hollywood premiere last Thursday. This will be the fourth Thor-centered film that Marvel has created, following “Thor” in 2011, “Thor: The Dark World” in 2013, and “Thor: Ragnarok” in 2017. After the 5 year Covid hiatus that pushed back the release dates of many highly-anticipated films, fans are anxious to see if “Thor: Love and Thunder” is better than the latest film “Thor: Ragnarok,” which boasts a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

While tickets are now available for presale online, the most that diehard Marvel fans can cling onto for the next couple weeks is the reviews that have been released since the movie premiere in LA, with some saying that this is the best MCU movie ever made. Director Taika Waititi, who also directed “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Jojo Rabbit,” and partially directed the Disney Star Wars series “The Mandalorian,” is highly accredited with the excellence of this movie, with true movie critics commenting on the visible impact of his creative input on the film. 

While the majority of Marvel movies are generally categorized under the genre of Action, Adventure, and Sci-Fi, critics have shared that this movie takes viewers through a wave of emotions that transcend simply being on the edge of your seat; one critic shared that she simultaneously laughed and cried throughout the entire movie. The humor level of this film comes as no surprise, considering that “Thor: Ragnarok” was voted the funniest of all 28 MCU films, even ranking before “Guardians of the Galaxy.” However, others have commented that the narrative combined with comedic aspects falls flat occasionally, and doesn’t compare with that of the 2017 Thor film. 

Nonetheless, the overall reviews of “Thor: Love and Thunder” are overwhelmingly positive, with viewers sharing that Marvel movies seem to only be improving year after year, with “Thor: Love and Thunder” being ranked highly alongside the other new releases, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “No Way Home.” As someone who is personally not a Marvel fan, I must say that these promising reviews may actually get me to break my streak and see a Marvel film once and for all.

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